Definition of etiolate in English:

etiolate

Line breaks: eti¦ol|ate
Pronunciation: /ˈiːtɪəleɪt
 
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verb

[with object]
Make (a plant) pale through lack of light: the seedling had been etiolated by having been grown in darkness
More example sentences
  • Green barley that had never been etiolated gave essentially the same results as etiolated plants that were exposed to light.
  • Our results clearly indicate that P650 - 655 is the main photoactive LPOR complex involved in continuous Chl accumulation in illuminated leaves of plants that have not been previously etiolated.
  • Plants grown in pots were etiolated by keeping 4-week-old plants in complete darkness for 2 days.

Origin

late 18th century: from French étioler, from Norman French étieuler 'grow into haulm': see -ate3.

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